In April, the Pack Leader and Alpha Female took me for a holiday up into the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney. It took us four hours to get there, but it was worth it, given the view from the balcony of the house we hired in the lovely little village of Leura.

The picture above is the view from our balcony, which looks south. The pictures below are over to the north, near the town of Blackheath.

The Pack Leader will tell you that I became quite fascinated with the view from our balcony, and spent the majority of my time at 'home' looking out across the valley.

Of course, it is fair to say that I gave some attention to some noisy birds in the tree next door, and to my favourite chew-toys, which I insisted on bringing with me. (That little patched green turtle, incidentally, is my favourite. He's a bit the worse for wear because he has been with me for as long as I have lived at No 86.)

Here I am on my walks. On the left we are in Leura and on the right we are in a little park at Blackheath. And I might say, in all modesty, that I got a lot of attention and pats wherever I went. My Pack Leader and Alpha Female always take great delight in me getting all this attention; however, I would have to say that, at times, it all gets a little tiresome. (I'm joking. No, really. I'm joking.)

One place we visited was Echo Point at Katoomba. Lots of tourists go there. And only a couple of days after I was there, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the exact same spot. However, unlike me, they didn't get any pats from the tourists. Nuff said.

And here I am just about to climb in the car for the long journey back to Canberra, after a very enjoyable few days in the mountains.